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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German (Schön) : nickname for a handsome or pleasant man, from Middle High German schoene ‘fine’, ‘beautiful’; ‘refined’, ‘friendly’, ‘nice’.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from the same vocabulary word as in 1, in any of its senses.
  • Dutch : metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker, from schoen ‘shoe’.

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